Review: Lunch at Disneyland’s French Market

We’re back at Disneyland visiting yet another Counter Service gem, the French Market!

The French Market Sign

French Market Sign

I say “yet another” because Disneyland truly has some standout offerings when it comes to Counter Service. Therefore, narrowing down your options can be a difficult process. Today we’re exploring the reasons why the French Market is definitely worth more than a quick glance…

Atmosphere

You’ll find the French Market in picturesque New Orleans Square, which lends to the laid-back — yet still fun and festive — vibe.

French Market Restaurant

French Market Restaurant

Service here is cafeteria-style: join the line inside, order your stuff, and bring it to the register. Easy-peasy!

French Market Food and Ordering Area

French Market Food and Ordering Area

A huge bonus to this set-up is that you’re able to see all of the food offerings right in front of you to help you make your decisions.

Jambalaya Serving Area

Jambalaya Serving Area

Serving Station

Serving Station

It is no wonder this is a favorite for many longtime Disneylanders. Service is friendly and helpful, and it has always been clean and organized — at least on my visits.

Utensils and Condiments

Utensils and Condiments

All seating is outdoors, but covered with awnings so you’re not sitting directly in the sunlight. Pretty simple, really; but it’s the view of New Orleans Square that helps you feel as though you’re still in the midst of all the action.

The French Market Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Best of all, if you’re lucky (or simply well-prepared), you can catch a performance by the Royal Street Bachelors, a terrific jazz trio that has been a mainstay in New Orleans Square since the land first opened.

Royal Street Bachelors

Royal Street Bachelors

Oh, and FYI — French Market is, of course, home to the Mint Julep Bar! You’ll find its window tucked in the outdoor area.

Mint Julep Bar

Mint Julep Bar

The House Specialty is none other than the famous New Orleans Mint Julep (bourbon withheld, of course — it’s non-alcoholic. Remember, the only place you can imbibe in Disneyland is at Club 33).

Mint Julep Bar Menu

Mint Julep Bar Menu

Don’t forget that this is also the spot to grab your Mickey-shaped Beignets!

But, wait… I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s see what the French Market proper has up its sleeve with regards to stuffing our faces ;) .

Eats

It’s Southern fare and Cajun favorites here at the French Market! Po’ Boys, Red Beans & Rice, and Jambalaya make the list, along with salads, Slow-Roasted Louisiana Beef Stew, and Corn Chowder.

French Market Menu

French Market Menu

French Market Menu

French Market Menu

As we explore our options, you’ll notice something special about the way food is served at the French Market: items are served on real plates, with actual flatware. Nice! 

Fresh Fruit Plate

Fresh Fruit Plate

Several entrees feature your choice of Artisan Breads, but I always have to check out the cornbread, having really enjoyed the cheddar cornbread on a previous trip. My more recent visit featured Jalapeño Cornbread as the choice du jour.

Jalapeño Cornbread Basket

Jalapeño Cornbread Basket

As I went through the line, I took a couple of surreptitious shots of plates for ya. Here’s a peek at the French Quarter Chicken from the House Specialties.

French Quarter Chicken

French Quarter Chicken

The Po’ Boys selection includes a Seasoned Shrimp Sandwich.

Season Shrimp Po' Boy

Seasoned Shrimp Po’ Boy

Options for the little ones include a Pasta with Marinara served with fruit and veggies. Other entree choices include Chicken Breast with Rice and good ol’ Mac and Cheese (you can also get the Mac and Cheese in the Toddler Meal portion, a concept I would love to see replicated in Disney World).

Kids Pasta With Marinara

Kids’ Pasta With Marinara

But my choices were pretty much set in stone before I even arrived!

I couldn’t resist trying the Creamy Corn Chowder because I’d been hearing some great things about it. And, truth be told, I was also sold on the famous Bread Bowl… with Mickey Ears, no less!

Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder

The enormous portion of creamy, rich, flavorful chowder fills the sourdough bread bowl to the tippy-top, and it’s garnished with a small mix of roasted corn and black-eyed peas (which would make this a great choice if you’re dining at the French Market on New Year’s Day, since eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s is said to bring good luck!).

This is a HUGE portion. H.U.G.E. It’s definitely an entree, so be prepared!

Creamy Corn Chowder

Creamy Corn Chowder

I also decided to go with one of the more traditional Cajun dishes on the menu: Jambalaya. My plate was prepared to order and made up of creole seafood, chicken, andouille sausage and vegetables served over dirty rice. And I selected some of that jalapeño cornbread to go with it.

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

I LUV jambalaya. You gotta love an everything-under-the-sun dish like this, especially when it’s so well-seasoned — just spicy enough. And talk about stick to your ribs!

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Once again, Disneyland pretty much nailed the cornbread. There wasn’t as much jalapeño here as I anticipated, but it was still fresh and tasty, and up to par with the usual Disneyland standards when it comes to cornbread. Which are high. Just so you know.

Jalapeño Cornbread

Jalapeño Cornbread

No dessert for me this time (you saw the size of that Jambalaya!), but here’s a glimpse at a couple of choices available on my visit: Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake and Bananas Foster Cheesecake.

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

Bananas Foster Cheesecake

Bananas Foster Cheesecake

Desserts here do tend to change up with the seasons, so your options may vary. (Remember, this is where we enjoyed the Haunted Mansion Cake around Halloween.)

Overall

The French Market has it all, really: unique and well-crafted entree choices, a lovely setting, the chance to catch some classic Disneyland entertainment, and — thanks to the Mint Julep Bar — a couple of absolute Disneyland gems between the Julep and the Mickey Beignets.  If you’re looking for quick-service that doesn’t feel or taste like quick-service, the French Market certainly fits the bill!

Have you visited Disneyland’s French Market? Let us know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. DisneyandBeyond says

    The Market French Dip here has become one of my go-tos at Disneyland. The atmosphere and the food and the music can’t be beat!

  2. Richard says

    French Quarter Chicken is now just chicken with some vague seasonings. It use to be boneless chicken with a really unique flavor.

    When they changed it we asked the shift manager why and was told that the customers had been asking for the change. I always found that hard to believe…

    Up until a couple of years ago it was the go to food at the French Market for both my wife and I. Now we just walk past the place.

    But now with you picture of the Bananas Foster Cheesecake my wife is interested in trying desert there…

  3. Hannah says

    I’m not a big bread bowl fan but if I were in Disneyland…..I would be on my way for that fantastic looking dish!
    You have to have the most fun job in the world. We all live through you….Thanks for letting us see new items and our favorite items between trips.

  4. Malinda says

    My daughter and I ate there on December 2nd. I had the shrimp Po’boy and it was totally different than what you have pictured from November 30th. It had 90% thin shredded iceberg lettuce, 6 little shrimp placed on top, and a squirt of the seasoned mayo down the entire top of the sandwich. No slaw or grapes, only house made cajun chips. What a disappointment. I should have looked for the sample food plate first.

  5. Jill says

    One of my Disneyland faves! We ate there after our Avengers 5K and split a bowl of the beef stew (YUMMO!) and the N’Awlins salad. It was enough food for 2 adults and one kid. The Mickey beignets were a big disappointment though.

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